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Heather Swan – “Where Honeybees Thrive” Discussion

Swan is the winner of the 2017 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award and is a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in the areas of ecocriticism, environmental humanities and environmental justice.

Using her own quest for understanding as a starting point, Swan will speak to the innovative projects and strategies beekeepers in Sichuan, China, urban farmers and mead makers in the United States and researchers in southern Africa employ to secure a sustainable future for honeybees. Because honeybees and other pollinators are responsible for pollinating at least one-third of all the food we eat, hive collapse is a global area of concern.

In her book Where Honeybees Thrive, the poet, artist, and scholar of environmental literature blends interviews, poetry, and traditional research into a story of sustainability and near global decimation. Astonishingly, given the material and nature of some of the art presented, her book is full of hope for honeybees and the rest of us. As part of her appearance at the MFA, Swan will specifically address the bees at our rooftop apiary.

Free with Admission


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November 3, 2019

2–3:30 pm

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Marly Room: Museum of Fine Arts

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